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Returning to Cairns in a Last Ditch Effort to Find Work

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Tuesday 10th May to Thursday 19th May 2011 – Cairns, Australia

The time has come to leave my temporary home in Port Macquarie now, my destination being cairns. I’m looking forward to meeting up with Katie and James again who are now working in a hostel, and hopefully I can find a job that will keep me going for a while.

I said my goodbyes to people in the morning, including the hostel owners, and was given a lift by Tony to the airport to begin my onward journey. I love the feeling of moving on, but will miss the nice hospitality shown by Tony and Vera. I can see myself coming back to a place like this in the future.

The airport threw out its usual dramas as I was stopped at security again, with another full body search to complete. Once on the plane I could sit back and enjoy what might be my last flight before the long flight home. I was happy to be seeing my friends, but I had a couple of nights in another hostel first. The idea was to ask the hostel for work.

The familiar feel of Cairns warmed me as I stepped off the minibus that had delivered me to the hostel, and I felt happy to be back in the heat. The hostel was new to me, as were the people, and I could see from a few short conversations with people that work would be hard to come by here in the hostel. Some even said that Cairns was awash with backpackers, all fighting for the same jobs, but this could be said about anywhere in Australia. The trick is being that much better than everyone else, and looking in places where others aren’t. For now though, I was happy to be back.

A couple of days past and I met up with my friends. It wasn’t long before I was transferring all my stuff back to Castaway’s Backpackers, and back into my old room. It feels like I have never been away from the place. The next few days were all about looking for work, giving my resume to everyone I could see, then began to face the realisation that I might have to go home soon.

The final day came for me, and I was ready to bring my flights forward to go home. I took a walk with my friends to the Botanical Gardens one last time. It was nice to take in all the scents from the many flowers dotted about, and sad to think I was parting company with my friends, and with this wonderful place. Then, my phone rang.

My phone doesn’t usually pipe up to make any sounds, unless it’s Katie, and she is with me now. It could be one of the mates I have met along the way, but I doubt it. I answered the call to an unknown number and was surprised to be speaking to the manager of a Car Rental place that I have previously sent my details to. To my amazement I had been offered a job. I was ecstatic, as were my friends and I couldn’t believe how close to leaving I was, and how this has come at just the right time for me. I was now faced with the real possibility of staying in Australia for the whole year as originally planned. We all went out in the evening for drinks to celebrate.

The next big chapter was about to start, and I could hardly wait. My folks back home can now relax a little, knowing I am okay.

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